During the opening comedy routine to a politically-charged 70th Annual Emmy Awards, co-host Michael Che told a single joke that managed to hit Christians, white people, and Republicans at the same time.
The joke began with Che telling fellow co-host — and “Saturday Night Live” — cast member Colin Jost that his mother wouldn’t be watching the show because “you guys don’t thank Jesus enough.”
“My mother is not watching,” said Che. “She says she doesn’t like watching white award shows because you guys don’t thank Jesus enough.”
“That’s true,” he continued. “The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads.”
Che went back to the theme six awards later, noting that nobody had “thanked Jesus yet” though all six winners were white.
Michael Che wasn’t wrong: “Six awards. All white winners. No one has thanked Jesus yet.” #Emmys
— Emily McFarlan Miller (@emmillerwrites) September 18, 2018
Some noted that Che’s comment — and others like it — are likely to only widen the divide between Hollywood liberals and a significant percentage of people upon whom they depend for viewership.
#Emmys host Michael Che says the only white people who thank Jesus at award shows are Republicans, ‘ex-crackheads’.
Keep it up. America is shifting further and further to the right.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) September 18, 2018